Archive for November, 2010

Join the University of Dallas art community on Wednesday, December 1st for free food, fun, and drinks.  The mother of senior Art History major Maddie Rekerdres is concluding the exhibition of her artwork tonight from 6pm to 8pm in the Haggerty Art Loggia in the Art VillageCarolyn Rekerdres’ painting series, The Generosity of Water, is discussed in more detail on Art&Seek.

Honestly, these gallery openning and closing receptions are some of the best kept secrets on campus.  Not only are they great for the Old Mill (ahem, excuse me, Tower Village) apartment resident without a meal plan, but the company is wonderful and the art is always impressive.  I love hearing the backstory from the artist on a particular piece–I learn something new with each exhibit.

While you’re there, make sure to see the work of Gordon Young and Enrique Fernandez Cervantes through December 12, 2010 in the Haggerty Gallery. The reception has past, but the art in Cut and Paste is fascinating.

Friday, November 19th, Michael McMahan displayed his photography for sale at a classy evening event at the Into the Glass Wine Bar in Old Town Grapevine.  Mikey’s work varies from chronicling his Rome Semester to artistic black and white photos and even portraits.  Most recently added to Mikey’s portfolio was his engagement photo shoot for seniors, Brigid Lappe and Paul Studahar.

Interested in hiring Mikey?  Go to his website for more details.  Michael McMahan Photography can also be “liked” on Facebook.

Friday, University students created music videos to capture “UD in a Nutshell.”  Some were original compositions (a reunion of the famous Pheremone 5 band composed of seniors), others were popular songs, such as the Killers’ Mr. Brightside, adapted for UD.  Videos starred students and professors, including popular Physics professor, Dr. Richard Olenick.  They also directed, produced, composed, and edited films.  The hopes of the Residence Hall Association were to inspire more entries for the annual spring Tower Film Festival.  Did anyone go?  Whose music video was your favorite?

Check back soon and I’ll post the winning video!


UPDATE: The winning video will be posted soon, but here are some of its competitors:


“to and from” From Seniors, Katie Prejean and Becca Stich

BEST EDITING “She Owns the Night” From Andrew von Hertzog

In some of my blogging adventures, I’ve realized what a great arts and entertainment scene Dallas has.  I’ve started following the blogs of the pros in hopes of getting ideas on what to cover and how.  I received an email this semester I’d like to share an excerpt of with you from one of those A&E bloggers:

Do you ever post public events that are open for student participation and attendance
(and it’s FREE)?
Check out!

Every Tuesday night at Buzzbrews Restaurant Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue an open mic takes place that features classical music of all kinds; so far it’s mostly SMU grad students. ALL university students are welcome. It’s been hard for the organizers to find the right people to publicize it at differernt schools.
It’s fabulous. This Tuesday they had several vocalists, a trombonist, a pianist, a cellist and a violinist — a wide range of music from traditional classical to avant-garde composition. I KNOW there are UD students who would enjoy the event and be most welcome to participate. Professors, too…..

This excerpt was from Alexandra Bonifield, you can follow her on Twitter or check out her reviews below:

Critical Rant & Rave
NEA/Annenberg Fellow in Theatre Criticism
twitter: @Abonifield
Content Partners:

Grab a cuppa fair trade joe and listen to some great live music at Capp House Tuesday night from 7-10pm in the University of Dallas Cappucino Bar (Cap Bar).

During the live performance and before, UD Earth Service is providing FAIR TRADE ESPRESSO at the Cap Bar from 5-9 pm for 25¢ off. In addition to your discount, 25¢ will also be donated to UD Earth Service by the Cap Bar. These deals apply to any drink purchased at the Cap Bar made with Fair Trade Espresso.

Support fellow UD student Michael Unterberger, fair trade practices, and UD Earth Services with only some pocket change and an hour of your time.

Live music this Saturday from 5pm to 12am on the University of Dallas Mall, come hear great live music provided by UD students.  Tshirts are on sale in Haggar Student Center through Saturday.

See below for when your favorite band is playing.


4:30-5pm The Fouge
5:15-5:45pm The Aristocracy
6-6:30pm The Senior Projects
6:30-6:45pm Sacagawea and the Peace Pipes
6:45-7:15pm Edam Cheese
7:30-8pm Only Penguins Mate for Life
8:15-8:45pm Bait and Switch
8:45-9pm DJ Rumpelstiltzkin
9:15-9:45pm Funcenter Inferno
10pm-10:30pm The Evolutionists
10:45-11:15pm Speakeasy
11:30pm-12am Despairagus

David Fuentes’ exhibit, Come Right In, and Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS are on display in the University of Dallas Art Village Upper Gallery through Friday, November 12.  That night there will be a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm

David Fuentes has struggled with Cerebral Palsy and his collection is his experimentation with his limitations, using both his right (the side affected by the disease) and left hands to create.

Lauren Kirchner’s art literally envelopes you with it’s three-dimensional geometric aspects and bright color.


Read a review of Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS from Dallas Art News.

Also, with the University of Dallas Fall Main Stage Machinal coming to a close, read what the local critics thought.

Google the artists or Machinal for more local opinions on University of Dallas fine and performing arts.

Stay Tuned for pictures of my favorite pieces.  See it for yourself and let me know, what are your favorites?

Update 11/13/10 These were my favorite works by each artist.  Especially with Kirchner’s work, nothing replaces seeing (or experiencing) it in person.


David Fuentes



Laura Kirchner

Love Rockabilly music?  Wondering what the heck Rockabilly music is?  Either way it’s time to shut the books and head over to this week’s Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT).  November 11th from 9pm to 12am, see the North Texas band, Drop Top Rockets, put on a live show in Haggar Student Center’s Rathskellar (a.k.a the basement, for you non-UD-ers).

I know, I know…’Tis the season for COMPS (comprehensive exams).  As a University of Dallas senior, I am well aware it’s that time of the year–theses, projects, presentations, research, oral exams, written exams…the list goes on.  The season begins late October/early November and lasts through Spring Break, practically.  Even for those students who aren’t seniors, the papers are piling up and the semester is snowballing until the small relief granted by Thanksgiving break.

However, for your own health, I suggest taking a break–even for an hour or two–to let loose, show off those dancing skills, and grab a beer (or soda/pop) this Thursday in the Rat with some of your friends.  You deserve it.  (Plus, then you can find out what’s up with that Rockabilly genre that’s WAAAY under represented on your iTunes play list).

Thursday from 9pm-12am in the University of Dallas Rathskellar, come to this week’s TGIT is featuring Kazyak and Brian Laidlaw.  The Minnesota trio Kazyak will be playing their original music.  The fantastic acoustic singer songwriter Brian Laidlaw will open for the band.  Listen to Kazyak before their University of Dallas debut.

Just a reminder…

TWO Shows Premiere Tonight at University of Dallas

Runs Wednesday, Nov. 3-Nov. 13

The University of Dallas Fall Mainstage, Machinal opens tonight at 7pm.  If you didn’t make reservations for this evening, but you still want to attend, arrive at the Margaret Jonsson Theatre Box Office around 6:30pm.  If students do not claim their reservations by 6:45pm, all open seats will be up for grabs.  To make a reservation for another evening call the Drama Department or do so online.

At UD Wednesday, Nov. 3

University of Dallas Campus Ministry and the Church of the Incarnation present Vianney, a live production by a UD dad who is a professional actor, director, and owner of St. Luke Productions.  The performance begins at 7pm and should last until about 8:30pm.  Vianney is asking for an at-will offering, instead of an admission price.  If you can’t make tonight, don’t forget to check out alternate performance dates for the Dallas area.